“Watchful Waiting” Advice for Pediatric Ear Infections

Erina L. MacGeorge, Kasey A. Foley, Emily P.C. Firgens, Rachel R. Vanderbilt, Amber K. Worthington, Nicole M. Hackman

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To reduce antibiotic use, clinical guidelines recommend treating many pediatric ear infections with watchful waiting (WW), which entails parents managing children’s symptoms while waiting to see if the infection will resolve without antibiotics. This study examines providers’ WW advice in recorded medical visits (n = 28), focusing on five communication elements specified by guidelines and consistent with advice response theory. Results suggest directions for improving providers’ delivery of WW advice and are discussed with regard to theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)414-424
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Language and Social Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language


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